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GSA Network News
July 7, 2010

Happy Summer!

We hope everyone had a wonderful and exciting pride month.  Read what GSA Activists were up to this pride month in our highlight and watch a video from SF pride on our website.

If you are not going on vacation this summer check out some of the upcoming events open to LGBT ally youth listed below.  Not going on vacation? GSA Network still has a few spots open to Nor Cal and Central Valley students at our NorCal Activist Camp so apply now!

Thanks to all of the schools who have participated in our Year End Surveys so far! The time has come for the $100 drawing for one of your GSAs and the winner is...Garden Grove High! Congratulations!

SoCal has been blowing everyone else out of the water with their number of responses, so let's go NorCal and Central Valley schools! EVERYONE who was in a GSA last year click here and let us know what you want us to do next year!

And finally, if you haven't yet cast your vote on Facebook for $20K for LGBT youth vote now and tell your friends!

In Solidarity,
GSA Network
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Taking it to the Streets! GSAs Celebrate LGBT Pride Across California

During the month of June, GSA activists took to the streets of California's cities, towns and communities to celebrate 40+ years of the LGBT civil rights movement. Forty-one years ago, on June 28, 1969, queer youth, drag queens, and transgender folks fought back against a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a queer bar in New York City. For three days afterwards, the LGBT community of New York City rioted against the long-standing homophobia and transphobia they faced everyday. These riots came to be known as the Stonewall Riots and are considered the start of the modern LGBT civil rights movement. A year later, Pride marches were organized across the country to celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and to show that the LGBT community would never go back into the closet.

GSA Network organized GSA contingents to march in Pride parades in Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Francisco (To see photos from the different pride celebrations, visit:

cv pride 2010On June 6th, with record-breaking 95 degree weather, the Central Valley came together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fresno's Pride Parade in downtown Fresno. GSA Network marched along with youth from Community Link, a local support group fro LGBTQ youth. Amazing youth leaders from GSAs throughout the Central Valley marched down Olive Street and helped collect donations for Fresno's annual Gay Prom.

Even though it is one of the smallest Pride celebrations throughout California, it is one of the biggest events for the Central Valley 's LGBT community, as it creates queer visibility in one of the most conservative areas of California.

Justin Kamimoto, President of the Clovis North High GSA, shared with us what Fresno Pride meant to him. Justin said, "Pride for me was a once in a lifetime opportunity that really showed how strong of a bond the LGBTQ community has for one another. When everyone comes together and supports each other on one of the hottest days in Fresno, you know something is working right!"
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GSA youth from all over Southern California gathered in Los Angeles on June 13th to march in the 40th LA Pride Parade.  GSA Network, in collaboration with other community groups, brought together over 250 youth from as far away as Sun Valley, Murrieta, Lancaster, Santa Ana and San Bernardino, who came together to show their pride and to call for safe schools for all students. The organizers of LA Pride also provided free tickets to the Pride Festival afterwards for all GSA activists who attended.

Temple City High GSA President Claudia Chen shared her reasons for attending LA Pride this year. She said, "I went to LA Pride because I wanted to come out to support everyone who's ever done something to stand up for themselves and the LGBTQ community.  LA Pride is also a protest in and of itself against all the discrimination we face. It is a day to really celebrate how much progress we've made throughout the years."

sf pride 2010On Sunday, June 27th queer and straight youth came together to celebrate San Francisco LGBT Pride, one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world.  GSA Network joined the parade with a large contingent of loud and boisterous youth who chanted about the importance of safe schools as they marched down Market Street.  Syd Salsman of Acalanes High School felt that, "... marching in the parade made me feel like there were many other people out there willing to fight for what is right in the world. Particularly, the older people who cheered when we went past made me feel like the world has changed and is changing for the better."  

Whether in Fresno, Los Angeles or San Francisco, all of these young people are working hard to fight homophobia and transphobia in their schools and bring to light the issues facing LGBT youth in all our communities. By being a part of Pride parades throughout California, these GSA activists are showing that LGBTQ youth will not be silent on the sidelines, but rather lead the fight for full equality everyday.  As Julie LaClair, a senior from Oak Grove High School believes, "Marching in the parade is really liberating.  When I was marching I felt that I was being appreciated and encouraged to do more for my LGBTQQI community." This feeling is true for all GSA activists no matter where they are.

Marching in Pride parades is just the beginning of what these youth are doing for their communities! Youth are organizing campaigns on their campuses, engaging in days of action, getting trained in political education, and educating their peers, teachers, administrators and parents about the importance of safer schools for LGBTQ students. Pride is a way for these young people to gain validation and to literally hear people cheering them on for their fight to create safer schools! See you on the streets next Pride!
In Case You Missed It....
Recent staff- and youth-authored blog posts featured on our website
"GSA Activism Brings Awareness to a Closeted Orange County Community", by special youth guest writer Adrian Pedroza

"Dignity For All Students Passes in NY", by Danielle

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1. OUTFEST Film Festival: "Out in the Silence" in collaboration with GSA Network (L.A.)

As a member of GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE NETWORK you are eligible to receive a $1 discount on each ticket purchased for this film!

To purchase tickets: 213 480 7065 or

SUNDAY, July 11 @ 12:00 PM

The battle for gay rights hits small-town Oil City, PA when filmmaker Joe Wilson announces his same-sex marriage in the local newspaper. A woman whose gay teenage son is being abused at school reads the announcement and seeks help from Wilson. By reaching out to Oil City residents on both sides of the issue, this documentary explores what makes us different and whether there's any common ground on this hot-button issue.

Outfest is a leading showcase for diverse, international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film and video. Since 1982, Outfest has presented more than 4,000 film and video titles for audiences of well over half a million people. Outfest 2010 features 125 films and videos from 22 countries and runs from July 8th - July 18th.
2. Fill out the GSA Network Year End Evaluation!

Calling all GSA advisors, presidents, and active members! We want your feedback.

At the end of each school year, GSA Network asks you to tell us what worked, where you had challenges, and how GSA Network can help your GSA more in the 2010-2011 school year.

Please fill out the survey online today!
3. *ALERT* Extended Deadline! Register NOW for NorCal Camp!
 Join GSA activists from all over Northern California and the Central Valley for an action-packed three days where you will learn what it takes to turn your GSA into a force for justice in your school & community!
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NorCal GSA Activist Camp: July 30-August 1, 2010

NorCal Camp Applications have been extended until July 16th! Apply here.

Sorry, camp applications are closed for our SoVal camp!
Check out: for more info.
4. FREE DVDS! It's been a while, but YIM is back in MOTION!

YIM 2010

Frameline and GSA Network are proud to announce that due to the renewed support from the ever-generous Bob Ross Foundation we are to keep Youth In Motion moving forward!

First off: We are going to produce more copies of our current DVDs.

If your school didn't get any or all of the DVD series due to short supply, send an email to:, informing him of which ones your school still needs:

       Gender Matters: Expressions and Identities Beyond the Binary
      Global Currents: Broadcasting Change in Latin America
      In The Family: Marriage Equality and LGBT Families
      Visionaries & Victories:Early Leaders in the LGBT Movement

And the big news: We're creating two brand new DVDs, which will be ready this fall! Stay tuned for more information!

GSA Network News is a publication of Gay-Straight Alliance Network. Events, resources, and news items listed under "Other Announcements" are not sponsored or written by GSA Network, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of GSA Network.

5. Crossing the Digital Divide
Are you between the ages of 16 and 19?

Are you a woman of color?

Do you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or unlabeled?

If you answered yes, keep reading...

Hi. I'm Jennifer and I am a Master's student at San Francisco State University in the Sexuality Studies Program. I am conducting a research study exploring racial and sexual identity and its connections to the Internet. I am looking for survey participants. The survey includes questions about sexuality, race, uses of the Internet, activities while surfing the web, and the disclosure of the self within the online setting.  The survey results will contribute to knowledge about adolescent queer women of color and the role that the Internet plays in their daily life.

The interactive link to the survey can be found at:

If you have any questions, please contact me at

6. Gender Spectrum Family and Teen Conference, Berkeley Labor Day Weekend
Gender Spectrum Family and Teen Conference:

gender spectrumCome join other transgender, gender bending, gender nonconforming teens, children and families for three days of celebrating individuality, making friends, and having fun.

Meet other trans and genderqueer teens and adults, hang out, and explore topics on gender: workshops about school, medical and legal issues, privacy and much more!

This year's conference is scheduled to take place in Berkeley, CA over Labor Day Weekend, September 3 - 6, 2010, and promises to be an unforgettable experience for all. You will leave with fresh ideas, new friends, and great resources and support!

To learn more or register, please visit us at or call us at 877-809-4159.

Teen Conference: $25;
Individual Family Conference: $175;
Family Tickets $325.
Scholarships Available!
7. PARADE All America High School Service Team Award

Service, by its very nature, is about finding the best in ourselves and in each other.  Everyone's effort is important.  Service, when we do it well is about growth and win-win.

Stories that touch and inspire students are often ones they hear from their peers.  

PARADE Magazine and The LEAGUE (a national youth service-learning organization which empowers young people to make a positive difference in their communities) are seeking nominations for a new form of award, The All America High School Service Team, to recognize students who have made exemplary contributions in the service areas of: health, education, environment, economics or community.  These students show service as a solution to solve community problems and the power of stories to inspire others to action.

All nominees will receive our thanks, those who are selected as final recipients will be invited to receive an award and accept the challenge of a task: developing their own ideas as a national group for promoting service and service-learning in schools nationwide.  Winners will be asked to share their stories, and help reach out to other youth towards finding the best in each of us.

To learn more and submit your nomination, visit:
8. RISE UP & SHOUT: Free Movie Screening, Performances and Cookout with Hollywood Youth Pride (L.A.)
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Things are gonna get HOT HOT HOT on July 10th with these fiercely talented folks!

@3:30pm: Hilarious, inspiring, and touching performances by
Alex Davis, Jackie Jones, and LB.

@4pm: Screening of the movie "Rise Up!"

MCC Church
5730 Cahuenga Blvd
NoHo CA 91501

Free cookout!! And, of course, hanging out with and supporting awesome queer artists is always free!

Should go without saying- this is a SAFE space. All identities and orientations are embraced here! Allies are encouraged to come and support their friends!

Donations are welcome. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All donations will go to Hollywood Youth Pride!!

Co-sponsored by Bienestar, GSA Network, and Marriage Equality USA.

For more information, go to

9. See Yourself in the National Parks (Santa Monica)
Summer Outreach Program
June - August 2010
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Experience Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area with your community group!

Find out what the National Parks are all about and how you can be a part of America's Best Idea.
10. Sing Out! Join the GSA Youth Chorus! (L.A.)
GSA Youth Chorus
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles is creating a GSA Youth Choir ages 16 -24. Singers will rehearse from June - August with interim Artistic Director Dominic Gregorio.

This GSA Youth Choir will perform alone and with the 150+member GMCLA at the Disney Concert Hall on August 21, 2010. Rehearsals will take place at Immanuel Presbyterian Church near the Wilshire/Vermont Red Line Metro Stop/

All LGBTQQ youth and Allies are welcome! You will be auditioned, but none turned away.

If you are interested, please email Dominic at
11. GSAs help Sponsor Youth Today: Walking for Equality (L.A.)
Equal Action is looking for queer and ally youth to help organize their 2nd annual queer high school youth march in LA this October. Our first march last year, Youth Today: Walking for Equality, was LA's first-ever queer high school youth march! It attracted around 300 people, a majority of which were youth, as well as various media outlets such as CBS and Univision. If you know of any youth who might be interested, please let them know. All Queer youth of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate. You can click here for more information.
More Info:
Stephanie Van
Equal Action, Co-founder
Equal Action is a youth-powered, anti-racist, multigenerational organization that mobilizes the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community to join the fight for social justice. In organizing and supporting actions for change in overlooked communities, we collaborate with those who work to end oppression in all its forms.
12. Marmonte League of GSAs invite you to Network!

An association of 7 high school GSAs

A social network for Marmonte League Gay/Straight Alliance clubs at Agoura HS, Calabasas HS, Newbury Park HS, Oak Park HS, Thousand Oaks HS, Westlake HS, and Malibu HS (not in the Marmonte League). Discuss issues, plan and advertise local events, get connected, have fun.

1. All seven local high schools will have functioning GSA clubs.
2. GSA club members will plan and conduct frequent, local, social events: dances, film nights, hikes, bicycle trips, bowling, picnics, volleyball, etc.
3. GSA officers and members will have regular communication among the clubs.
4. GSA club advisers will communicate regularly.
5. GSA advisers, officers, and club members and community organizations will plan and conduct monthly activities together.
6. Traditional teen activity sponsors (teen centers, recreation centers, YMCA, Churches/Temples, Rainbow Alliance, PFLAG, LAGLC, etc.) will all be involved.

ACTIVITIES (information about all activities available on the Marmonte GSA Facebook page):

Saturday 7/10 - GSA/PFLAG activity
Monday 7/12 - PFLAG Support Meeting - Church of the Epiphany, Oak Park 7:30pm
Friday 7/23-Sunday 7/25 - GSA Activist Camp
13. OUTspoken Sessions (L.A.)
OUTspoken Sessions

an open mic for queer youth and straight allies 19 and under

Every 4th Friday from 6:30-9:30 pm.

2170 W Washington Blvd., 90018

for more info or to reserve your spot email:

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14. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)

Check out these new calendars for LGBT Youth!
Los Angeles Youth

San Diego Youth

15. Gay Male GSA Members, Participate in a research study! Make $40!


Receive $40 to be in a research study focusing on gay teenagers!

If you fit the following description, I would like to talk to you in an individual interview or group format about your experiences with anti-gay discrimination, prejudice and stigma:

-Self-Identified Gay Male
-Age 15, 16, 17 or 18
-Current participant or leadership role in High School GSA
-Live in Sacramento, the Central Valley, or the Bay Area

Participation in this research will involve one confidential individual or group interview with the researcher.

Each participant will receive $40.

For more information, please email or call the researcher,
Peter Madsen:
16. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)

Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays.
Trans-e-motion has a social meeting on the first Saturday of each month.  Time and location to be announced.  See calendar or call (559) 255-4075.

There is a Trans-e-motion business meeting on the third Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. to about 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Equality California office,  Van Ness Towers office Bldg., 1055 N. Van Ness Ave. "C", near Alhambra (South of Olive), Fresno, California, 93728, U.S.A.
17. Community Link's Youth Meetings Friday Night (Fresno)

Meets Every Friday Evening
7:30pm -9:00pm

Fresno's GLBTQ Youth group's weekly meeting is every Friday evening.

1584 N. Van Ness Ave. Map to event

More info :
18. Prop 8 Love Stories (SF)
"Prop 8 Love Stories" performance coming to San Francisco!

Sunday, July 11th, Northside (Magic Theater) at Fort Mason, 8:00.

Help us get the word out!

prop 8 love storyActors age 10 to 17 interviewed 8 couples (5 same-gender and 3 mixed-gender) about LOVE, LIFE, and DISCRIMINATION. Now watch these young actors portray the couples, word for word (with innovative, gender-blind casting!) in the most moving, potent, and hilarious theater you've seen!

Tickets $20/$15 for students.

Buy tickets at 345-7575 or

For more info about "Prop 8 Love Stories" visit
19. QWOCMAP FREE Video Workshop on Gender & Sexuality (SF)

QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR MEDIA ARTS PROJECT presents A FREE Introductory Video Workshop focused on:

Gender & Gender Identity and Sex, Sexism & Sexuality for LGBTQ People of Color

This workshop is offered to:

-- People of color:
African Descent/Black, Asian/South Asian/South West Asian/North African, Pacific Islander, Chicana/Latina, Native American & Mixed-race

-- who are:
Lesbians, Same-Gender-Loving, Bisexual, Queer, Genderqueer & Questioning women of color, and Transwomen & Transmen of color

Each participant will create, write, direct and edit a 5-minute video project. This 16-week Introductory workshop is intensive, transformative and lots of fun!

You will develop a story idea, write a script, draw storyboards, create shot lists, operate cameras & compose shots, set-up lights & sound, direct actors & manage crew, edit, and send your film to film festivals and beyond.

Guest lecturers will participate throughout the workshop.


DAY: Mondays, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
BEGINS: August 23, 2010
ENDS: December 6, 2010
DURATION: 16 weeks
(No class on Labor Day)

Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center
3925 Noriega Street (by 46th Avenue)
**Outer Sunset District in SF**
San Francisco, CA 94122

For more information, see
20. Women's Empowerment Screening Event (SF)
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Wednesday, August 4th
3:30 - 7:30pm
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin Street

Off and Running  (Screening at 4:30pm)
With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers - one mixed-race and one Korean - Brooklyn teenager Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she's always known.

Event is free and open to the public.

21. Youth Calendar (S.F.)

San Francisco's LYRIC Youth Center hosts events almost everyday for LGBTQQ youth. 

LYRIC's mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

Calendar of Events
22. LGBT Activists Apply to be a Mass Promise Fellow
Are you looking transform yourself and your community through service? The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship can help you do just that.  Visit to learn more and apply to be a Fellow!

Learn The Skills

    * Develop your organizational and communication skills
    * Grow as a leader of your own project
    * Build on your passion for national and community service
    * Learn skills that will prepare you for the real world

Gain a lifetime of experience

    * Coordinate statewide mentoring partnerships
    * Conduct health insurance outreach
    * Lead after-school programming
    * Create and staff teen councils and coalitions
    * Develop and lead youth service programs

A Chance to receive

    * Develop your organizational and communication skills
    * Grow as a leader of your own project
    * Excellent training opportunities
    * Free courses at Northeastern University!
    * A $4,725 educational award

Fellows Need:

    * Excellent organization and communication skills
    * The ability to work independently and as part of a team
    * Proven leadership and project management abilities
    * A passion for national and community service
    * The desire to work with diverse constituencies
    * Flexibility and a good sense of humor
    * To be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien


23. Quinn Signs Anti-bullying Legislation Into Law
by Vince Gerasole, CBS

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed new legislation into law June 27 that expands the state's school bullying laws to include harassment based on sexual orientation.

Bullying can paralyze a student and has challenged teachers and administers in their attempts to prevent it.

As CBS 2's Vince Gerasole reports a new Illinois law, signed Sunday, gives the state more muscle when it comes to protecting kids from bullies.

In a short film, Anna Rangos, a senior at Main South High School, documented the bullying gay and bisexual teens often endure. But recently, harassment because of her writings led Anna to miss a week of classes.

"I felt unsafe about going to school and nervous about being there and I didn't enjoy having to deal with the harassment," Rangos said.

Legislation signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn Sunday expands the state's school bullying laws to include harassment based on sexual orientation.

"It really has not been made clear to school administrators and principals that that's unacceptable in our schools," said Shannon Sullivan from the Illinois Safe School's Alliance, which lobbied in favor of the law.
"It can be traumatic and if someone is singled out, harassed, and bullied it can harm them for the rest of their lives," said Quinn, just after signing the law.

The new law also further defines bullying to include electronic harassment through texting or social networking sites -- that's whether students are subject to taunting based on race, gender, religion, physical disability and now sexual orientation, according to Darren Reisberg from the Illinois Board of Education.

"This allows us to go in and talk to a superintendent or principal and let them know what's happening is against the law," said Reisberg.

Supporters of the law say many districts felt students needed to toughen up when facing this type of bullying, but now they'll be required to have a plan in place to address these matters. If not, their state financing can be pulled.

"We ultimately have the ability to come in and address the district's funding," said Reisberg.

The law can't erase the pain felt by students like Rangos, but it gives schools a tool to challenge harassment when it surfaces.

This law also requires Illinois schools to have gang-prevention training and creates a 15-member School Bullying Prevention Task Force. The task force must prepare a report for the Illinois governor by March 1.

For the original article as well as video footage, see

Check out our news items feed! We share new stories almost daily at

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National & Statewide Headquarters:
1550 Bryant St., Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-552-4229
Fax: 415-552-4729

Southern California Regional Office:
1145 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-482-4021
Fax: 213-482-4027

Central Valley Regional Office:
Phone: 559-268-2780
Mail for the Central Valley office may be sent to our headquarters in San Francisco.

In This Issue
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: GSA Youth Leaders Win $5,000 College Scholarships
1. OUTFEST Film Festival: "Out in the Silence" in collaboration with GSA Network
2. Fill out the GSA Network Year End Evaluation!
3. *ALERT* Extended Deadline! Register NOW for NorCal Camp!
4. FREE DVDS! It's been a while, but YIM is back in MOTION!
5. Crossing the Digital Divide
6. Gender Spectrum Family and Teen Conference
7. PARADE All America High School Service Team Award
8. RISE UP & SHOUT: Free Movie Screening, Performances and Cookout with Hollywood Youth Pride (L.A.)
9. See Yourself in the National Parks
10. Sing Out! Join the GSA Youth Chorus!
11. GSAs help Sponsor Youth Today: Walking for Equality (L.A.)
12. Marmonte League of GSAs invite you to Network!
13. OUTspoken Sessions (L.A.)
14. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)
15. Gay Male GSA Members, Participate in a research study! Make $40!
16. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)
17. Community Link's Youth Meetings Friday Night (Fresno)
18. Prop 8 Love Stories (SF)
19. QWOCMAP FREE Video Workshop on Gender & Sexuality
20. Women's Empowerment Screening Event
21. Youth Calendar (S.F.)
22. LGBT Activists Apply to be a Mass Promise Fellow
23. Quinn Signs Anti-bullying Legislation Into Law

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